This is the sixth and last in Hillsdale College’s October 2022 lecture series on Russia.
The first, Russia from 1696-1917: An Overview, a veritable ‘history’ tour de force through Russia’s shifting borders, wars and alliances by the American historian Sean McMeekin, can be found here with my fuller introduction to the series. The second, by Steve Kotkin, another American historian, academic and Stalin expert, entitled Russia from 1917-1991: An Overview, is here; the third on Tolstoy and Dostoevsky: Lessons from the Russian Classics, by the American literary critic and Slavist Gary Saul Morson, can be viewed here. The fourth in the series delivered by Dr Hyperion Knight on Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff: Creating a Russian Identity in Music is not to be missed and is here. Yesterday, Michael Millerman’s lecture on Russian under Putin focused on Putin’s ‘guru’, the political philosopher Alexander Dugin, a thinker who is finally receiving some attention in Western media. You can view it here.
We are grateful to Hillsdale College for making this series freely available to the wider public. You can access the entire series on their website here.
The final and perhaps most powerful of the lectures today is given by Christopher Caldwell on Russia and American Foreign Policy Today. Bear is mind he wrote and delivered this in October 2022. Gradually I suspect we will see more people coming round to his critical and dispassionate analysis.
We will be publishing some edited extracts from the Millerman and Caldwell transcripts over the next weeks.
You can watch the Caldwell lecture here:
Or you can link to watch it on the Hillsdale Russia conference webpage here.